NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard and the Top 10 Candidates

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NBA Defensive Player of the Year: Dwight Howard and the Top 10 Candidates
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With the NBA All-Star game now in the rearview mirror, it's time for basketball's best teams to kick it into second gear for a playoff run. But although the league's annual showcase game may not have featured much effort on the defensive end, the NBA is littered with defensive specialists and enforcers.

From shot blockers to lockdown perimeter defenders to ball thieves, the 10 players on this list take their defense very seriously and are leading candidates for NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Here's a countdown of the top 10 defenders in the NBA this season and why they have a chance at the award.

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